What procedures and activities are involved with a first appointment?
The first visit with any of the Naturopathic Doctors at Emerald City Clnic includes a one hour comprehensive health history, including physical, emotional, and spiritual health. From information gathered during the health history, a therapeutic plan is developed to bring each client to optimal health.
Why does the first appointment need to be an hour long, even if I am coming in for a very specific or straightforward health concern?
Naturopathic medicine focuses on the causes of illness, not just on relieving symptoms. It is important for the doctor to understand you as a person and to get a clear sense of how all aspects of your life come together to create your health in order to correctly address your current specific health concern. By getting a well-rounded picture, we treat your current symptom, and also put you on the path toward lifelong optimal health.
I do not live in the Washington area, but am interested in establishing health care with your clinic by phone. Is this possible?
Yes. It is possible to establish health care remotely, although it is optimal to have a local physician to take care of the physical exam aspects of your health care. If this is not possible, Dr. Linton is able to provide competent healthcare over the phone.
What do I do if I am a current patient and need to ask one of the doctors a quick question about my health care? What if my question pertains to the health care of a family member or friend who is not a client at Emerald City Clinic?
All current patients at Emerald City Clinic have been provided with the cell phone number, email address, and pager number for each of their doctors. Please call for this contact information, if you are a current patient and can’t find this information in your notes.Health care advice is not given for people who are not current patients at Emerald City Clinic. We do not know enough of their history to make ethical, safe, and effective health care recommendations. You may suggest that your friend or family member begin care at Emerald City Clinic with an hour-long first office call.
I have never paid out of pocket for my medical expenses. Will my insurance reimburse me?
Emerald City Clinic will provide all documentation for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. It is up to you to discuss potential reimbursement with your insurance company before you come in for your first office call.